How to earn an extra $11,500 your first year out of Nursing School

Sometimes the best choice is apparent others times not so much. Moving from the jumble of options to a concrete action can be the most daunting step to take. The field of economics gives us some tools to help us narrow down our choices. By applying some basic tools, we can rank choices to arrive at an action. This will involve converting your options into dollar values. Let us consider a case study.

A student is deciding between attending NOVA or George Mason (GMU) Nursing Fall 2018. Thier goal is to earn a BSN eventually. This student has been accepted into both programs and has completed all general education courses so that they only need to take Nursing core classes.

If she decides to go to NOVA, she will complete an associate of applied science in nursing and become eligible to take the NCLEX exam, thus earning her Registered Nursing license (RN). The program will take 18 months or two school years to complete and cost her around $7,293.00 in tuition at the current Fall 2018 rate of $187 per credit hour. She will start a job as early as July 2020 earning approximately $60,000 starting.
Becuase she intends to continue her studies, she completes her BSN via the GMU RN to BSN program which adds approximately $15,000 and one school year.

So far the student has spent four semesters, for her ADN plus two for her RN to BSN or approximately 26 months. She will have paid $7,293.00 plus $15,000 for an approximate total of $22,293.

The student could have also opted to go to the GMU BSN program. Had she done so she would have spent four semesters completing her BSN/RN graduating May 2020. She will have paid approximately, $33,800*  in tuition and fees, and started work as a BSN RN earning roughly $60,000 August of 2020.

In summary, her decision in the spring of 2018 between GMU and NOVA means completing her BSN one year sooner and paying around $11,507 extra Or finishing the BSN a year later and saving the $11,507.

If she chose NOVA and starts at $60,000**  plus the $11,507 savings at the end of her first year of work as a nurse, she would have earned $71,507. In this case, the savings can be counted as earnings.

*Because of financial aid options and available scholarships, the total cost for either option can be significantly reduced.

*GMU tuition estimate based on completion of Nursing courses(  62 credits) only, and assumes all general education courses have been completed. tuition is based on current Summer 2018 tuition rates and fees 

** Salary estimates based on O*Net Online and Salary.com estimate for nurses with 0-1 year of work experience. in the Washington DC metro area.

How to Get the Most from an Advising Session

FAQ

Most advising sessions begin with a simple question, how may I assist you today? Another common question is, what do you want to get out of NOVA? We want to know what purpose NOVA serves in your life and academic plans. This can convert a conversation from a recitation of the facts, to an exploration of your goals and avenues for growth and improvement.

Before contacting our office, or visiting we encourage you to become an active stakeholder in your future. Take the initiative and do your research. A successful student tends to be the one who is organized and anticipates their next step. In short, you must mise en place your academic life. The more research and preparation you do, the more you can get out of a visit with an advisor or counselor. Below are some tips to help you get the most of your session.

Know your NOVA ID/EMPLID number

Having your ID number or better yet your NOVA Card is an indispensable tool. Not only can you use it around campus it speeds up pulling up your account.

When possible write your questions down in a bulleted list

Writing your questions down provides a framework that ensures your questions are answered. Due to time constraints and the fact that there is a lot to go over, an advisor may not be able to cover everything in detail about a program. Your bulleted list signals to the advisors that you’ve done your initial research. This allows the advisor to focus on what you specialty don’t know or are in need of clarification.

  1. How do I transfer Credits
  2. What are the entry requirements for…
  3. How can I satisfy the math placement requirement

Bring your official external transcripts.

Students often ask us what courses they have left to take. While we encourage you to bring your external transcripts, we are not able to give you a list of courses that will or will not transfer. In some cases, a student can know what will transfer by visiting the College Records Office website and utilize their transfer guide. Preferably this would have been done before your visit to the office. If you have already transferred courses to NOVA, you should review your transfer credit center and compare the transferred courses to your program requirements.

Take Notes

You’ve done your research, brought transcripts if applicable and wrote your questions down. Your next step is to take notes during your visit. We generally have scrap paper and pens on hand for you to use. However, it is best that you keep a notebook, or note app on your smartphone at the ready. Again the more organized you are the more likely you are to succeed.

Ask Extra Questions

If something an advisor has said isn’t clear, ask again. Always ask for clarification if you don’t understand. Remeber that an advising session is a conversation, so its ok to go off script.

Follow Up

Part of being the advocate of your own destiny is being proactive. Take charge and constantly investigating options, program requirements and areas of improvement are wholly your responsibility. Checking in at least once a semester is ideal, especially if you are applying to a program more than a year out.

Things Change

Program changes can occur often with little warning. As such you must be vigilant and ready to act. When possible our office reaches out to students via email or on our blog and facebook pages, but it is impossible to inform everyone. When changes occur a student may feel frustrated, often because a course or courses are no longer required or used by a program. This is normally an issue when students are planning to join a program two or three years down the line. You will need to carefully weigh the risk of program changes when starting on an extended academic plan. this may require that you try and start a little sooner.

We hope that you get the most out of your interaction with our advising staff. As always feel free to send your questions and we will work to answer them as quickly as possible.

Shady Grove Fertility:Look for Rad Techs

Enjoy what you do while contributing to a company that makes a difference in people’s lives. Shady Grove Fertility, one of the premier fertility centers in the United States, continually seeks experienced, compassionate, and dynamic team players who are committed to delivering exceptional patient care to join our growing practice. The work we do building families offers stimulation, challenge, and personal reward.

If you’re a Radiology Tech looking for a new opportunity to work in a fast-paced, professional environment where your talent contributes to changing people’s lives, then we want to talk to you. This position requires collaborating with physicians, other medical providers, and patients by providing expert care and service for fertility treatments. We are seeking experienced part-time Radiology Tech to join our team this February. This position is located in our new Ambulatory Surgery Center in Fairfax, VA. The schedule is working 20-25 hours per week, Monday through Friday, with regular holiday rotations.

How You’ll Contribute:
We always do whatever it takes, even if it isn’t specifically our “job.” In general, the Radiology Tech is responsible for:
• Performing HSG procedures in our Ambulatory Surgery Center
• Patient education
• Establish personal rapport with patients and providing explanations of procedures

What You’ll Bring:
The skills and education we need are:
• Certified Radiology Technician
• IVF/fertility experience and background in women’s health preferred; training will be provided
• High level of customer service essential
• Must be a self-starter
• More important than the best skills, however, is the right person. Employees who embrace our mission, vision, and core values are highly successful.

What We Offer:
• Competitive pay + bonus
• Comprehensive training
• Ability to make an impact in the communities we serve

At Shady Grove Fertility, we promote and develop individual strengths in order to help staff grow personally and professionally. Our core values – Empathy, Patient Focus, Integrity, Commitment, and Compassion (EPICC) – guide us daily to work hard and enjoy what we do. We’re committed to growing our practice and are always looking to promote from within. This is an ideal time to join our team! To learn more about our company and culture, visit www.shadygrovefertility.com

To have your resume reviewed by someone on our Talent Acquisition team, please apply on our careers page at https://recruit.hirebridge.com/v3/application/applink.aspx?cid=7618&jid=317559

Changes for the 2019 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Note: The updated online information session reflecting these changes will be posted to the DMS website after July 1.

New PHY 101 Requirement

PHY 195 Physics for Sonographers is being discontinued after the Spring 2018 semester. The new requirement will be PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I or a higher physics. For students that have already taken it, the DMS department will continue to accept PHY 195 for the 2018 and 2019 application periods only.
Beginning with the 2020 application cycle, only PHY 101 or a higher physics will be accepted.

New MTH 154 Requirement

The math courses within the Virginia Community College System are changing and MTH 151 Math for Liberal Arts is being discontinued. The new requirement will be MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning. For students that have already taken it, the DMS department will continue to accept MTH 151 for the 2018 and 2019 application periods only.
Beginning with the 2020 application cycle, only MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning or a higher Math will be accepted.

DMS Advising Workshop

Applicants must have attended at least one DMS Advising Workshop within the previous 18 months to apply to the program. This workshop is required and replaces the former DMS 100 pre-requisite course. The workshop will be held 5 times per year.

Application Process

Applications to the program are now accepted via email. Directions are available in the Allied Health Application.
Echocardiography Pathway
The DMS Echocardiography pathway may be starting in fall 2018. A previous Bachelor’s degree in any field will also be required once this pathway is started.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department
May 15, 2018

2019 Dental Hygiene Curriculum Changes

Current Application Website: www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply 

FAQ

Dental Hygiene will update their homepage to reflect the new entry requirements. Here is a preview of those changes.

NEW Science Prerequisites Requirements

  • BIO 141 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • BIO 142 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
  • BIO 150 (Introduction to Microbiology) or BIO 205 (Microbiology)

NAS 161, 162 will be accepted if completed no more than 4 years prior to application.


NEW General Education Requirements

  • Humanities/Fine Art (Approved List (3 credit course)) 
  • SOC 200 (Principles of Sociology)

( PSY 200 or PSY 201 will be accepted if completed in 4 years prior to application)

  • No CST 229 (Intercultural Communication)
  • No PED 116 (Lifetime Fitness and Wellness)